Staff profile - Coral Campbell

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Dr Coral Campbell

Position: Associate Professor
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts and Education
Department: SoE Arts & Ed
Campus: Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
Phone: +61 3 522 71485 +61 3 522 71485



Coral Campbell is an Associate Professor with the School of Education, Deakin University, based at the Geelong Waurn Ponds campus

Coral’s research interests are in early childhood and primary science, design technology, and environmental education where she particularly focuses on practitioner learning and children’s development of science understandings. She is on the review panels for several international journals and is on the Board of Directors of the Australasian Science Education Research Association.

Coral has contributed to, and co-edited, the first Australian text for pre-service early childhood educators and practitioners, Science in Early Childhood (Cambridge University Press). She has chapters in other science and environmental education texts and publications in a broad range of journals.

In the last ten years, Coral has been involved in teaching in primary and secondary science education areas, environmental education, design technology education and mathematics education.  She works closely with the local school communities, promoting experiential learning for her education students. Coral has gained several teaching awards: the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching 2004; Joseph Banks’ Award for Teaching Excellence 2004; Faculty Award for Coordination of Graduate Diploma of Education (primary) and Nominee for the Australian Awards for University Teaching (2005).


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2000


Australasian Science Education Research Association
Early Childhood Australia
Australian Education Research Association
European Early Childhood Research Association

Association of Science Education (England)

Professional activities

2010-2015 Director on ASERA Board
2014-2014 Member of Faculty Board

2013 Member of Deakin Executive
2012 - 2015 Member Teaching and Learning committee
Editorial Board for Journal of Emergent Science
Editorial Board for South East Asia Journal of Mathematics and Science educaiton.
Review editor for RISE, IJSE.


Teaching Interests

Unit chair for ECE402 - Promoting science and environmental awareness (pipelining)

Unit Chair for ECE220 - Science and Environmental Education

Unit Chair for ECE320 - Science and Technology education
Unit Chair for ECE763 - Science and environmental awareness
Unit Chair for EEE712 - The Strategic Academic (Grad Cert Higher Ed)

Geelong and IKE Campus Chair for EST400 - Technology: Creativity and design

Subjects and units currently teaching

ECE402 - Promoting science and environmental awareness (pipelining)

ECE220 - Science and Environmental Education

ECE320 - Science and Technology education
ECE763 - Science and environmental awareness
EEE712 - The Strategic Academic (Grad Cert Higher Ed)

Knowledge areas

science education, design technology education,  early childhood, primary teaching, professional learning of educators.

Conferences and seminars



Media appearances

Channel 31  Science specialists in primary schools 2013

ABC Radio 31 May 2014 - Early childhood science


Awards and prizes

Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence 2004
WJB Award for Excellence in Teaching 2004

Faculty of Education Award for Coordination of the Grad Dip Education 2006


Research projects

2015-2017-ARC-Out-of-field teaching: Sustaining quality practices across subject boundaries

2014 - CREFI - Sustainability of science teaching in primary schools relating to the Primary Science Specialist Learning Program

2013-2014 - OLT - Science Teacher Education Partnerships in Schools (STEPS)

2013-2014 - Primary Science Specialist Professional Learning Program research

2013-2014- The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) NAP-Science Literacy in Australia

2013 - CRG - TOPAT - Teaching Out-of-field: Preparing Adaptable Teachers

2011-2012 - Primary Science Specialist Professional Learning Program research
2011-2012 - Switched on Secondary Science Professional Learning Program research
2011- 2013 - Barwon South Network - School Improvement Cycle
2011-2012 - Kindergarten Participation Project
2012 Evaluation of the National Partnership (Teacher Quality, Supply and Retention

Research interests

Coral's research interests include science education, environmental education and technology(CDT) education within the contexts of early childhood, primary and secondary schools.

Research groups




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